Our Values

A new way of doing business


Two-Way Transparency

Teamwork makes the dream work: we practice open book finance and request weekly feedback from every team member.

Revolutionize Business

We know, this is a big one. 95% of our leadership team are women, LGBTQ folks, or people of color.


Our company reflects the diversity of our city (one of the most diverse in America). We partner with organizations that recruit staff from all different life backgrounds, such as refugees and formerly incarcerated folks.

Best in Class

We serve the best damn mac + cheese in the world with warm hospitality.

Collective Success

We filter our decisions by what is best for the collective of the individual, team, customer, and community, and come up with some pretty inventive solutions as a result—like our harassment prevention system which is now the national standard for restaurants.


Work at Homeroom and be Part of Something Special

Be the best part of people's day AND get free mac + cheese!

Our hard-working, passionate, talented people set the Homeroom team apart from other restaurants. When you work with with us, you'll have a voice, be empowered, and get the opportunity to learn what it takes to run a business -- while having fun with a team who respects you for who you are every day.

Just a few of the awesome benefits of working at Homeroom:  


Thrivable wages: Everyone who works at Homeroom earns a high standard wage.

Growth Opportunities: We're committed to empowering the people on our team to learn and grow into positions they aspire to have.

Be yourself: We celebrate the unique and diverse personalities that make up our team. No scripts, no crappy, uncomfortable uniforms, and no "chainy" attitudes.

Get paid to learn about business: Homeroom is an open-book finance business. We share our financial information.

And that delicious free mac: Every day you work, you get a free mac + cheese. Not just any mac. The world's best mac + cheese.

Our mission is To Be the Best Part of People's Day, and we mean it equally for guests and employees. Join us and see what it's like to work at a truly employee-focused company. 

Our Story

The story of Homeroom began one rainy night when Erin Wade got a sudden craving for mac and cheese. Coming home from a long day as a lawyer, she realized that there was no restaurant she could go to that would have mac and cheese as delicious as the one she grew up eating—so she pulled up her dad’s family recipe and started cooking.  

Her craving, and the warm feeling that came with satisfying it, made her realize that she wanted to open the kind of restaurant she wished she could’ve gone to that night: a friendly, familiar place serving up the best mac and cheese on earth. Within a month, she’d boxed up her law degree and committed herself to chasing this crazy, delicious dream.

Erin recruited a friend, Allison, to join her, and spent a year building a place as special as the food it would serve. They named the restaurant Homeroom, a nod to the class in school that served no purpose other than connecting with friends and classmates.  Much of the restaurant was built by hand with a funky schoolhouse theme, including tables made from bleachers from a local high school.  To create community beyond friends and family, Homeroom launched a Kickstarter campaign, and was the first restaurant to successfully raise money that way.

Homeroom finally opened on Valentine’s Day 2011. Since then, it’s become a lot more than a favorite local restaurant: it employs a kick-butt, diverse team of nearly 100, and to this day still makes every mac and cheese to order using Erin’s original family recipe.